Tinder users, we’ve got a shocking truth for you: the men of Tinder are lying to you.
Okay, so you’re probably not actually that shocked. We’ve all been treated to our fair share of sleazy one-liners and openers-they-definitely-use-on-everyone, but still, this is quite a shocker – 42% of people AREN’T EVEN SINGLE. And most are men. Oh, boys…
The research, carried out by GlobalWebIndex and based on a study of 47,622 internet users aged 16-64, finds that 30% of Tinder users surveyed are married, while another 12% are in a relationship. WHAT?
Only 54% classed themselves as actually single, while 3% were divorced or widowed. We all know a friend (*ahem*) that’s come across the odd wedding picture or too whilst swiping, but surely they were just old. Surely?!
Well, apparently not. So what are all of these people playing at?
Tinder has an explanation of its own. Rather than brand the other-halves as cheaters, it reckons they’re simlply browsing to make friends. Hmm…
‘We never intended it to be a dating platform. It’s a social discovery platform, facilitating an introduction between two people,’ Tinder’s then-chief marketing officer Justin Mateen told the Guardian last February.
‘As the product evolves, we’re moving into different uses for it, doing little things that will allow people to interact socially in ways other than dating.’
Since the survey has come out to reveal that naughty newlyweds have been swiping right, Tinder has piped up to defend its users.
‘Those statistics are completely inaccurate’, a spokesperson slammed in a statement. ‘I’m not sure how they sampled that specific group of people, but it does not represent Tinder’s userbase.’